Friday, July 26, 2013

engagement photoshoot // ai lin + marjo.

ai lin + marjo.
ai lin + marjo.
ai lin + marjo.
ai lin + marjo.
ai lin + marjo.
ai lin + marjo.
ai lin + marjo.
ai lin + marjo.
ai lin + marjo.
ai lin + marjo.
ai lin + marjo.
ai lin + marjo.
ai lin + marjo.
ai lin + marjo.

They make a 4 hour summer session look like a spring day, don't they? Another hour and I would've heard their whole life story! That's how laid-back and talkative this couple was! Thanks for the fun Sunday morning, Ai Lin + Marjo! Too bad the Texas heat got us in the end. You know it's getting a little too hot when talks about sangrias and mimosas and margaritas starts creeping into the photoshoot convos. At 10am! Hah! But, hey, glad to see their fun-lovin' personality still translated through in the pics despite the summer heat. Congrats again, happy couple! June 2014 will be here before y'all know it!

besos ... jin.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

throwback travel thursdays // turkey 2008.

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This is one of those countries I wished we had more time to explore. I don't know what we were thinking - V, Ricky and I (While we're on it, what were we thinking??) - but a few days just didn't cut it. Founded circa 660 BC, 2nd largest in the world, straddling one of the busiest waterways in the world - Istanbul has an incredibly rich history and culture busting at it's seams. Not many cities boast of having 2 worlds in one city. The very ancient mixed in with the very modern. There's so much to see, eat, discover - both past and present! And that's just in Istanbul! The rest of the country is just as rich and cultural, if not more - probably one of the most varied I have ever seen in any country. Next time. One month in Turkey. That's a must.

I'll tell you what else is amazing in Istanbul. Standing in between 2 continents. At the same time. One foot in Europe, the other in Asia. Pretty epic stuff!

besos ... jin.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

engagement photoshoot sneak peek // ai lin + marjo.

ai lin + marjo.

Wow. It's amazing how 2 photoshoots and random out-of-town friends visiting / staying over can take up most of your time! In my case ... 2 weeks! So not to look like I've been MIA for half a month, I shall leave you with a bit of a sneaky peak into my most recent engagement shoot. More visuals coming soon!

besos ... jin.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

throwback travel thursdays // vietnam 2009.

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Daily life in Vietnam didn't seem too much different from where my rents are from (Wassap Cebu City!). Crowded streets of the impoverished working class, dilapidated food stalls galore, unkept buildings and roadways - yes, it echoed the sights and sounds of my own childhood, as a child visiting the motherland throughout the 80's and 90's. What Communism? It's all about Tourism! (Probably one of the more friendlier places to welcome tourists, I'd say.)

After wondering the streets of Hanoi, me and V floated along the waters of one of the most mesmerizing visuals in the world - Ha Long Bay. Now peoples, I've been places, and let me tell ya - this is def a stunner. Giant limestones jutting upwards from the waters, shrouded in mystical mist. Miles and miles and miles of these beauties, as far as the eye can see. Awe-inspiring can't even describe the jaw-dropping experience. It was that beautiful. Mother Nature, you've really outdone yourself here!

I guess the only conundrum I've came across whilst traveling in North Vietnam was the French influence. Where was it?? (Aside from the obvious use of the french bread, as used liberally in those street-side food carts.) According to my Vietnamese friends, they're all in the South. Ah. Welp, a second visit is in order. I've gotta see this!

Also another thing (I lied, here comes my second conundrum), it was insanely difficult to hunt down Banh Mi Thit Nuong when traversing the streets of Hanoi. What da is right. Forgive me of my ignorance, but I'm not Vietnamese. I just get mistaken as one. Many, many times. And I happen to be from a city with one of the largest Vietnamese populations in the states. But ... what gives??

besos ... jin.
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